^^^Good points, RubyLeo; thanks for sharing.
Dealing with the reality and consequences of death are all the more sobering for atheists, and added reason for us to value life; ours and others'. One comfort I've found as I move deeper into middle age is the legacies my beloved dead have left behind.
The families they raised, the homes they built and kept, the businesses they founded, the gardens and orchards they planted, the words they wrote. All these people and things survive them and continue to delight me and so many others. Sure, none of it will last forever, but not even stars last forever.